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McGrady to miss more games. I can relate

December 31st, 2007
by John

It became known late Sunday (see article) that Tracy McGrady is having more of a problem with his left knee than earlier thought because of a “deep bone bruise.”

I know alot of skeptical fans may think McGrady may be faking or dogging it, but I have to come to his defense a little bit. That’s because I had the exact same injury 3 years ago on my left knee, and it hurt like hell. At first I was hoping it would heal and the pain would go away, but I was surprised it took longer than I thought. In fact, I still feel it to this day. I have had it MRI’d since the injury and the doctors say they can’t see anything, but I still feel it.

So personally, I’m actually going to give McGrady the benefit of the doubt because I have suffered the same injury. Ironically, I hurt it at a Rockets game at Golden State when I fell flush on my knee on concrete, and I have never been in so much pain in my life.

In a way, there’s a bit of silver lining to McGrady’s expected absence for the next 7 games (or more, or less, who knows). It will give everyone the opportunity to really see how well the Rockets can play without him over an extended period of time. If the Rockets tank while McGrady is out, like they did last year, then everyone will appreciate what he brings to the team and the calls for him to be traded should subside.

However, if they play extremely well with players like Luis Scola, Aaron Brooks, (who weren’t there last year), Bonzi Wells (who basically wasn’t there), Luther Head, and maybe even Mike James or Steve Francis, then we’ll all know that McGrady may be more expendable. If that’s the case, I’m hoping that the injury doesn’t reduce his physical ability — like it has mine — to the extent it diminishes his overall value. That would be even worse. Given his pain is gone and he’s now rehabbing his knee and leg for more strength, he should be okay, but it wouldn’t surprise me if his pain came back.

5 Responses to “McGrady to miss more games. I can relate”

  1. Jim From Hollywood CA! Says:

    Hi everybody!
    Trade rumors are brewing….Yes they are…..
    TMAC for Hinrich & Nocioni…WOW!
    It would give us a good solid point guard and a good slasher and even better shooter. Most importantly they are real TEAM players. I can see Yao getting the ball more ofter.
    Imagine: Hinrich, Nocioni, Yao, Bonzi, Battier….????….????

  2. Jainon Says:

    Smooth-sailing Rockets

    Houston, with Luis Scola coming on, won its first back-to-back set and had at least five players in double figures for the second straight game, both without Tracy McGrady. It’s giving the team more reason to move McGrady, who is said to have quietly let it be known he’s no longer happy in Houston. With the Rockets still in need of a point guard, you could see them working out a package that includes Hinrich and Andres Nocioni.

    http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-071230samsmithnotes,1,4245289.story?coll=cs-home-headlines

    Not that I don’t like Andres Nocioni, he is just not a good fit for the Rox. He is a nice player coming off bench, playing 4 or 3. a little too small as a 4.

  3. Allen Says:

    I don’t think we should continue to even consider trading Tmac. Frankly, it is a lose lose situation. If he plays poorly for us, he loses market value. If he plays well for us, and thus increases his market value, it makes less sense to trade him. Teams who trade superstars rarely, if ever, get value back for them. Tmac’s contract would mean that nearly no team would want him, but it goes deeper than that. Should we start SHOPPING Tmac, he will quit on the team, and that would be far worse than the decent play we are getting from him. We need to remember that he isn’t the only reason we are playing poorly. He isn’t the one that made Rafer + Bonzi + Mike James shoot less than 40%, or who helped Batter forget how to shoot threes, or made Francis forget how to exercise. I think the bigger burden falls on Mike James, Francis and Bonzi, who have all fallen far short of their anticipated contributions. And don’t even get me started on Scola, who has taken far longer than any 29 year old should to adjust to the NBA game. Don’t tell me about his three games over 20 points, because he has put up plenty of stinkers.

  4. benny_rockets Says:

    Who care SheMac miss more games?
    Rocket dont need superstar (fake one). As long Yao and teammate play good and win, so who really care?
    I thinks Bonzi play much better than superstar (fake one from Hollywood)
    Yao, Bonzi, Alston,Battier, Scola = Good Team
    For Rick Adelman : Forget about SheMac, if she healty put is on the bench.
    Rockets dont need superstar (fake on)…..
    Rockets can make a playoff if she on the bench and not take a shot more than 10.

  5. Jay Says:

    “Hi everybody!
    Trade rumors are brewing….Yes they are…..
    TMAC for Hinrich & Nocioni…WOW!
    It would give us a good solid point guard and a good slasher and even better shooter. Most importantly they are real TEAM players. I can see Yao getting the ball more ofter.
    Imagine: Hinrich, Nocioni, Yao, Bonzi, Battier….????….????”

    if this is true, wow hinrich at point. bonzi at sg,nocioni at sf, scola at pf, and yao at center.

    have to consider the fact that the two argentinians will play better since theyve known each other for a long time. its intl and is chemistry for a good team. just look at the teams tht are succesful and won championships.

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